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lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 14:26:59

When you see/hear Marley are you more inclined to think boy/girl?
My partner says girl, I say boy.
It's been described as male, female and unisex on various websites and is currently more popular as a girls name. Not sure if it's just the Bob Marley reference that makes me think boy? I don't want this thread to turn into an argument about who's right or wrong, or how it's used in other countries, origin etc. Just opinions on how it sounds please.
Thanx smile smile smile

KatharineClifton Sun 18-Sep-11 14:28:17

I think of dog. Dead dog. (and I haven't even seen the film)

usualsuspect Sun 18-Sep-11 14:28:32

I think boy

usualsuspect Sun 18-Sep-11 14:28:52

I know 2 Marleys ,both boys

choux Sun 18-Sep-11 14:30:08

I think of it as a dog's name after that film. Secondly a boy's name. never a girls name

EdithWeston Sun 18-Sep-11 14:31:22

Boy - and the one I knew in RL was a pony.

foreveryours Sun 18-Sep-11 14:34:00

My mums middle name is Marley....I'm pretty sure she's a girl grin

LynetteScavo Sun 18-Sep-11 14:45:48

I know of 2 boy Marleys.

Because of the, ahem, type of parents it's kind of put me off.

MummysLittleSunbeams Sun 18-Sep-11 14:54:19

I think dog.

lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 14:54:58

I'm not bothered bout the dog thing. Was a terrible film/book and will be forgotten in a few years time. Would definitely think Bob before dog though I find that very odd!

SootySweepandSue Sun 18-Sep-11 14:55:37

I think Marlie is reasonably common in the US for a girl. I like it a lot had it on my list.

SecretNutellaFix Sun 18-Sep-11 14:58:41

The human Marley I know of is male and a pain in the ass. I often hear "Marley, you little fucker, stop ...."

I personally know 2 dogs called Marley, both boys and both Border Collies.

hellhasnofury Sun 18-Sep-11 15:00:49

I know a Marley and she's female.

FairyArmadillo Sun 18-Sep-11 15:04:30

Both. I think of it as a unisex name. I like it.

lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 15:06:13

Again, the dog thing wouldn't put me off, I know several dogs called Lucy, Jake, Dylan etc and lots of cats called Oscar and Bella. I think it's just more common these days for pet owners to give their animals human names.

picnicbasketcase Sun 18-Sep-11 15:11:46

Only ever known one Marley, a boy. Seemed like a very cute name as baby/toddler/small boy. Sounds kind of different now he's a teenager and he doesn't like the name.

GirlWithALlamaTattoo Sun 18-Sep-11 15:12:05

Marley: boy. Dad probably a Bob Marley fan. I quite like it.

Marlie: middle-aged to elderly woman,probably short for Marlene.

SandStorm Sun 18-Sep-11 15:14:16


lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 15:19:30

Hmmm now you've mentioned Marlene I'm leaning towards girl.....dammit! Don't know if I like the 'ie' spelling though.

LetThereBeRock Sun 18-Sep-11 16:42:22

Boy.Definitely boy. It's a gorgeous name.

LaWeasel Sun 18-Sep-11 16:50:48

I only know a little boy Marley, but I don't think it would sound odd as either gender. (he is a lovely child too!)

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 18-Sep-11 16:54:53

Jacob...tightfisted, lots of chains, Scrooge.

LetThereBeRock Sun 18-Sep-11 16:59:26

Great name for a boy that should read.

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Sun 18-Sep-11 17:05:21

Bob Marley fans who decided to call their child after their hero but Bob was a bit pedestrian. OR the ghost in Scrooge, OR that ghastly film/book, OR a NN for Marlene.
I think you can tell I don't like it.

lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 17:07:11

I'm not bothered who likes/dislikes it just wondering wether people think boy/girl.

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